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BACHELOR. The first degree taken at the universities in the arts and sciences, as bachelor of arts, & c. It is called, in Latin, Baccalaureus, from bacalus, or bacillus, a staff, because a staff was given, by way of distinction, into the hands of those who had completed their studies. Some, however, have derived the word from baccalaura, others from bas chevalier, as designating young squires who aspire to the knighthood. (Dupin.) But the derivation. of the word is uncertain.

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Confirmed bachelor Clooney and the Welsh beauty exchange vows in a mocked-up Scots wedding in romantic comedy Intolerable Cruelty.
And I am a confirmed bachelor, so I am just hanging out and making the rounds.
The Greenwich-born confirmed bachelor, who will be notching his half-century in racing in 16 days' time, has driven horseboxes for the best part of 29 years.
The camera also picks out the hole in his sock, and the following sequence shows us that, despite his hand-to-mouth existence, this confirmed bachelor is charmingly nonchalant and actually likes women.
The 76-year-old actor, famous for his character Victor Meldrew's "I don't believe it" catchphrase, has been described as a confirmed bachelor for years.
Confirmed Bachelor, Hall Green Evening Mail, October 20, 1969
Daithi O Se, of course, is a not-so-secret fan and the former confirmed bachelor has even had his wild ways tamed by ex-Rose Rita Talty.
By now coleen was blatantly flirting with confirmed bachelor Barrowman.
They appeared together in the first Likely Lads episode in the 1960s when James played the confirmed bachelor Terry Collier.